Thursday, June 26, 2003

Local teens get art hung in Capitol



By Carl Weiser
Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Every building could use some art to brighten it up - including the Capitol.

On Tuesday, Simon Kenton High School student Jon Breeden got his fabric-and-glue eagle artwork hung in the Capitol. For the next year, members of the House will walk past Breeden's "Bird of Freedom."

"It was overwhelming. It was cool," said Breeden, as he saw his art displayed in a basement corridor along with the other paintings that were winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition.

Begun in 1982, the contest features the best work by high school students in the nation's 435 congressional districts, as selected by the local House member from entries. The 16-year-old from Morningview won the contest for the Kentucky House district represented by Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Richwood.

Other winners include:

• Ruby Zheng of Batavia, who won Rep. Rob Portman's district contest with "Ode to Vermeer."

• Colerain High School's Liz Patten, who won Rep. Steve Chabot's contest with "Individuality."

E-mail cweiser@gns.gannett.com.




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